Literature and South Africa

6663 words 27 pages
NAME: Ndumiso Ncube

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Signature: Ndumiso Ncube
Date: 25 March 2013

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This code, however, should not determine a text as an autonomous entity but as an autonomously functioning semiotic system as will be illustrate when we focus on the meaning of the poem Mending Wall.
Intertextual code according to Lotman (1977: 41 -48) refers to the relations between groups of related texts that belong to subgenres such as narrative, lyrical, dramatic or other groupings of poetry including references, citations and allusions to other poems and literary texts. Thus, the focus on this code centres on the text and how the writer observes the conventions of the literary code. Questions that may be asked of Mending Wall are, What qualifies the text as a poem? One then focuses on the poetry conventions, in Mending Wall , the use of traditional verse form and secondary modelling system. Mending Wall is written in blank verse with no stanza breaks. At this point one needs to mention, besides its free verse style, its conversational and simplicity of language and of course allusions of the idiomatic expression “Good fences make good neighbours” this in so many ways can be viewed as a binary opposition to the Bible’s verse that says


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